A Wisconsin gun shop will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit in which a jury found it negligently sold a gun used to injure two Milwaukee police officers. The settlement came several months after a jury verdict. A jury in October awarded Officer Bryan Norberg and former Officer Graham Kunisch nearly $6 million against Badger Guns.
The jury found that Badger Guns and its owner negligently sold the gun to a straw buyer – someone buying a gun for someone who cannot legally purchase one. The two officers sued Badger Guns, its predecessor, Badger Outdoors, and the owners five years ago. A separate lawsuit, filed by two different Milwaukee officers who were also wounded with a gun from the shop, is pending and is set for trial in May. Norberg and Kunisch were both shot in the face after they stopped Julius Burton for riding his bike on the sidewalk in 2009. Investigators said Burton got the weapon, a Taurus .40-caliber handgun, a month earlier, after giving $40 to another man, Jacob Collins, to make the purchase at the store in West Milwaukee.
One bullet shattered eight of Norberg’s teeth, blew through his cheek and lodged into his shoulder. He remains on the force, but he said his wounds have made his work difficult. Kunisch was shot several times, resulting in him losing an eye and part of the frontal lobe of his brain. His wounds forced him to retire. Jurors ordered the store to pay Norberg $1.5 million and Kunisch $3.6 million. The jury also ruled the store must pay $730,000 in punitive damages. Burton pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree attempted intentional homicide and is serving an 80-year sentence. Collins got a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to making a straw purchase for an underage buyer.
Source: Insurance Journal
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